ATLANTA -- Jason Kidd's crowded stat line didn't tell the full story.
Kidd had 10 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his ninth triple-double of the season. Equally important, he shut down Joe Johnson in New Jersey's 113-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.
"I was just trying to make it tough for him," said Kidd, who held Johnson to nine points on 4-of-16 shooting before fouling out with 4:24 left. Kidd had three steals.
The Hawks led after each of the first three periods, but were outscored 37-28 in the final 12 minutes.
The Nets (17-16) won their season-best fifth straight game to move above .500 for the first time since November.
Even Kidd took note of his triple-doubles in back-to-back nights, following similar numbers in Friday night's home win over Charlotte.
"Especially back-to-back, that's pretty good," Kidd said. "I'm just trying to help my team and put up 10 points."
Said Atlanta's Josh Smith, shaking his head after the game: "Mr. Triple-Double. Man."
Nets coach Lawrence Frank said Kidd's defense on Johnson "was huge."
Kidd had plenty of help.
Vince Carter's 29 points led six New Jersey scorers in double figures.
"That's a load for anybody," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson of the challenge of guarding Kidd, Carter and Richard Jefferson, who scored 21 points.
The Nets took the lead with a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter, but still had to hold off a late charge by the Hawks (15-16), who lost their fourth straight.
"We have to get off this slide," Woodson said, adding he would consider lineup changes.
"When you start losing, you start looking over your shoulder and I've got to make sure our guys stay away from that. We're still in the hunt."
Following a basket by Smith, the Hawks pulled to 105-103 on Anthony Johnson drive with 1:06 left.
Carter answered with a long jumper. Smith missed for Atlanta, and Josh Boone's jam with 20 seconds left just beat the shot clock while pushing the Nets lead back to six points.
"It's nice to show that type of passion and fight and energy," said Frank of his team's 15-0 run. "It's an encouraging thing."
Joe Johnson was held to single figures for the second straight game. He had eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in Friday night's loss at Indiana and has been held under 10 points in back-to-back games for the first time since scoring in single figures in three straight games for Phoenix in December 2004.
Johnson still helped with eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Nachbar made three 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the second period, and Marcus Williams added another 3 before Carter nailed a fallaway jumper for the Nets' first 2-pointer of the period.
The Nets pulled to 53-47 on a powerful one-handed jam by Jefferson over Shelden Williams. Jefferson scored on Kidd's 10th assist.
Jefferson was slow to get up after taking a blow to his right knee late in the game.
"I feel fine," Jefferson said. "I'm anticipating I'll be all right. If there's any swelling tonight, I may have an MRI tomorrow."
The Hawks led 57-50 at halftime but the Nets took the lead with a 17-4 run to open the third quarter. A hook shot by Sean Williams gave the Nets a 60-59 lead, their first lead since the first quarter.
|Nets rookie Sean Williams casually slams home two of his 15 points on Saturday night. (AP)|
|New Jersey (17-16) «||22||28||26||37||113|
|NJ:V. Carter 29 Pts
NJ:J. Kidd 13 Reb
NJ:J. Kidd 14 Ast
|ATL:J. Smith 34 Pts
ATL:J. Smith 9 Reb
ATL:A. Johnson 10 Ast
|Players of the Game|
|J. Kidd, PG||42||3-11||3-4||13||14||4||10|
|V. Carter, SG||41||10-17||8-10||3||6||5||29|
|R. Jefferson, SF||39||5-13||9-13||3||2||3||21|
|J. Boone, PF||35||7-11||3-7||12||0||1||17|
|S. Williams, PF||24||5-8||5-8||5||1||1||15|
|B. Nachbar, SF||28||6-9||0-0||3||2||3||16|
|D. Armstrong, PG||16||0-3||2-4||2||3||4||2|
|M. Williams, PG||7||1-2||0-0||0||0||0||3|
|B. Thomas, SG||5||0-3||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|J. Collins, C||2||0-0||0-0||0||0||1||0|
|J. Magloire, C||Did Not Play|
|M. Allen, PF||Did Not Play|
|A. Wright, SF||Did Not Play|
|N. Krstic, C||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|J. Smith, SF||44||14-22||6-10||9||3||1||34|
|A. Johnson, PG||36||6-14||0-0||2||10||1||14|
|J. Johnson, SG||36||4-16||1-1||8||8||6||9|
|J. Childress, SG||33||6-9||4-6||7||1||1||16|
|A. Horford, PF||23||3-5||1-1||8||2||5||7|
|M. Williams, SF||28||5-7||8-12||8||0||6||18|
|A. Law, PG||13||2-4||3-3||1||4||2||7|
|S. Williams, PF||12||0-4||0-0||3||0||3||0|
|M. West, SG||12||1-2||0-0||1||3||5||2|
|Z. Pachulia, C||2||0-1||0-0||0||0||0||0|
|L. Wright, C||Did Not Play|
|T. Lue, PG||Did Not Play|
|S. Claxton, PG||Did Not Play|
|S. Stoudamire, SG||Did Not Play|
|S. Jones, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|